The venom is safely collected by placing a glass pane near the hive. The bees are inclined to try and sting the glass because it has a very mild current to attract them. When they sting it, the bees release their venom. However, because the stingers don’t eject onto the glass, the bees return to their hives and aren’t at all harmed, and they don’t die. Research has shown that there is no shortening of the bees’ lifespans when the venom is collected this way.